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it for you, that is equivalent to the spire population -- entire population of major cities in america, cities like miami, tulsa, minneapolis/st. paul. their populations are all around 900,000 people -- 400,000 people. l so i think when you are successful in signing up the equivalent of a major city in america for a service, you have something that is gaining traction and making sense. >> host: now, is this something that was mandated as part of the nbc deal, or is this something comcast is doing on its own? >> guest: so the answer is both. this was a comcast concept that we, um, that we were preparing before the nbc universal transaction. we offered it up as a voluntary commitment to the fcc as something to help the fcc in its public interest determination, but we would have done this with or without the nbc universal transaction. and we've obviously gone far beyond the nature of the commitment in terms of the, in terms of eligibility of the program and the speed to have project, of the product, the way we're running sign-ups, the way we're promoting it. so we are, we are certainly in
in the constitution cities states can't expect interstate commerce, only congress can. and it's in keeping with the constitutional provision. california is simply saying if you have presence here through some interesting definitions, you have to collect for california. so it doesn't interfere with interstate commerce because they're considering anyone who has an affiliate there or partnership in california to already be a california company. >> so, two things. name a group that's -- name a corporation that is a member of net choice, and are you -- so, are you supportive of what california has done? >> our members are folks ike ebay, pay pal. amazon is not. companies with platforms for ecommerce, that enables other businesses, and our position is california has taken too aggressive a step at asserting you have presence in california simply because you paid for an advertisement there. i'm gratified to see that california set a very, very reasonably high small seller exception, and they had to do a million a year in california and 10,000 a year through the partnerships and affiliates, and tha
-verse in the city of san francisco, and it took several years for them to get the approvals to roll out this video service. and i mention that in particular because video is one area where there has been a lot of talk about the need for increased competition. here you have a tradition call telecommunications provider trying to enter the marketplace to provide video, and in my view municipalities and state governments and the federal government should do everything it can to reduce those barriers to make sure we don't stand in the way of more competition. >> david cohen on his episode of "the communicators" said that he budget concerned about google fiber being a competitive threat because he doesn't think that google or anybody else simply has the money to be able to invest in it across the country. do you think that's a problem we're facing, that there isn't enough capital to make that investment? >> guest: um, from my vantage point i can't say whether or not there's enough capital. what i can say is many companies have told me that they are sitting on billions of dollars on their balance sheepts
maintain a single tax rate across the entire state. they don't allow the local cities and counties to add animosity kito abatement tax. and sales tax holidays, you don't pay sales tax on the first $50 of school supplies. rules like that is what makes collecting sales tax across the country insanely complex. so my own state of virginia has done a pretty good job at trying to be simple and be attractive to businesses. they exempt digital downloads to encourage that industry. they want to maintain a business friendly environment. >> i think this highlights the balance i talked about earlier, that congress has to strike between the burdens on interstate commerce and state sovereignty on the other, the things that make the sales tax more complex are the things the voters like, sales tax holidays, a threshold so you don't pay sales tax on the full price, a much reduced price. that's what consumers and voters like. it's a balance on one hand of the desires of the voters and the states and the desire for fairness and also for the states, frankly, to be able to maintain their taxes in a way that m
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